Mayor's Clean Up Week
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Special Trash Collection Events
Each spring and fall, Coralville residents have two opportunities to get rid of extra trash for free: Cart à la Carte, and Mayor's Clean Up Week.
Both are available to Coralville residents with city trash and recycling services (which serves single family and duplex housing, and some multi-plexes). If you live in an apartment or have a condo owner's association with private refuse services, call your provider to find out how to dispose of bulky items.
For A Trash Item That Does Not Fit in Your Cart
During Mayor's Clean Up Week, City of Coralville trash customers can set a trash item at the curb that is no longer usable and too large to fit in your garbage cart for free garbage pickup. Some restrictions apply. See below.
Mayor's Clean Up Week Dates
- Spring 2023: May 15-19
- Fall 2023: October 2-6
How to Get Items Picked Up
- During Mayor's Clean Up Week, set out an item too big for your cart at the curb up to 24 hours before or by 7:00 am on your trash collection day.
- Smaller items belong in your cart. If your cart is full, place smaller items in a garbage bag and tag the extra bag as usual with a garbage sticker. Where to buy garbage stickers
- Do not dump loose small items on the ground. Small loose items left on the ground will not be picked up.
- Anything left at your curb after the pickup is considered unacceptable. Remove item(s) from the curb within 24 hours after trash day.
- Metal is picked up by a separate truck and may not occur on your regular collection day.
What We Will (& Won't) Pick Up
A broken, unusable item too large for your garbage cart, such as a piece of broken furniture, carpet, or a bathroom fixture.
- Concrete brick or block
- Construction materials (including drywall, shingles, insulation, etc.)
- Hazardous waste**
- Hot tubs
- Railroad ties & landscaping timbers
- Wooden swingsets
- Small loose items left on the ground
- Weight: Items must be able to be reasonably lifted by two people. We cannot collect heavier items.
- Size: Items must fit in the back of the garbage truck. Dismantle large items.
- Quantity: Truck space is limited. We cannot pick up large quantities of bulky items from each household. Mayor's Clean Up Week is a free pickup service for a large item that belongs in the trash, but not a roomful of items.
- Why We Don't Accept Some Items: The City will not collect any items hazardous to our trucks or staff. For example, long railroad ties can puncture the trucks' hopper and hydraulics. If you're unsure if your items are acceptable, please call 319.248.1740.
- Dumping Items: Do not leave your garbage at other people's curbs.
- Trash Pickers: If someone helps themselves to your curbside items and leaves a mess behind, you are responsible for cleaning it up.
Yard Waste & Extra Bags of Trash
As usual, tag extra bags of garbage, and put yard waste in a biodegradable Coralville yard waste bag or in a 33-gallon container with an annual yard waste sticker.
High volumes of garbage are collected during Mayor's Clean Up Week. Corrugated cardboard is banned from the landfill and must be flattened and recycled. Take cardboard to the Coralville Drive-In Recycling Center (212 1st Street) or any drop-off location in Johnson County. Learn about cardboard recycling
- Can I set out electronics or appliances during Mayor's Clean Up Week?
No, you cannot throw out appliances or electronics during Mayor's Clean Up Week. They will not be picked up and do not belong in your trash.
Non-working appliances or electronics are picked up by appointment to be properly recycled. Schedule an appointment. Working electronics or appliances can be donated or reused.
Before leaving anything at the curb, see the list of accepted items or call 319.248.1740.
- How many things can I set out during Mayor's Clean Up Week?
Due to space, we can not pick up large quantities of bulky items from each household. Mayor's Clean Up Week is a free pickup service for a large item that belongs in the trash, but not a roomful of items.
Please do not throw away usable items. If you want to get rid of something and someone else could use it, please donate or reuse it -- do not send it to the landfill.
- Can I throw away a lot of cardboard during Mayor's Clean Up Week?
- Where can I donate things I don't want?
We're glad you asked! Always donate or reuse (or even sell) items that are still usable. See our list of places to donate items toward the bottom of the page. There are also local social media groups where you can donate or sell items.
Coralville also hosts a Recycle Swap Day each spring where Coralville residents can donate clean, working items that anyone can pick up for free, and a city-wide garage sale.
Recycle Swap Day & city-wide garage sale
Mayor's Clean Up Week and Cart à la Carte are only for items that need to be thrown away and cannot be reused. Do not throw out things that someone else could use.
Mayor's Clean Up Week and Cart à la Carte are for items that need to be thrown away and cannot be reused. Do not send usable items to the landfill.
Where to Donate Usable Items
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- Accepts furniture and building/housing materials. ReStore sells the items to be reused and proceeds support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity; donations are tax-deductible. Items should be in reusable, resellable condition.
- Free pickup or drop-off is available.
- Located at 2401 Scott Boulevard SE, Iowa City.
- To schedule a pickup or learn more, call 319.338.5687 or visit www.iowacityrestore.com.
- Accepts new or gently used mattresses, box springs, furniture, and household items. Houses into Homes provides these items to families and individuals who are exiting homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations.
- Free pickup or drop-off is available.
- To schedule a pickup or learn more, visit www.housesintohomes.org.
- Accepts new or gently used furniture, clothing, and household items to Goodwill for resale; check to see what items are accepted. Donations are tax-deductible.
- Free drop-off is available in bins and at stores.
- Learn more at www.goodwillheartland.org.
- Donate or take clean, usable items as a form of recycling. Leftover items are donated to non-profit organizations.
- Held one Saturday in the spring at Coralville City Hall.
- Drop-off is available on the day of the event.
- Learn more about Recycle Swap Day.
Cart à la Carte
One Extra Trash Cart Pickup
City of Coralville trash customers get their trash carts emptied one extra time for free in the spring and fall.
- Place trash items in your cart and put your cart at the curb by 7:00 am on the special collection date listed below.
- This collection is in addition to the regular collection for that week. You will still have trash, recycling, and yard waste collection on your usual day.
- Only one additional tagged bag, placed on top of the closed lid of the can, will be picked up. Tagged bags placed on the ground will not be picked up and require a special appointment.
Cart à la Carte Dates
- Friday, May 5: for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday routes
- Monday, May 8: for Thursday routes
- Friday, September 22: for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday routes
- Monday, September 25: for Thursday routes